Year 2000 Edition|
The National Law Journal posted an article on 14-Dec-1998 that disusses
Well-intentioned companies that download or hyperlink to copyrighted material online may find themselves liable for infringing.The legal issues concerning the Internet is a growth industry getting ready for a major breakout. Lawyers are probably very happy.
|Cybersociology Magazine is a new forum for the discussion of the social scientific study of cyberspace. Every few months, this ezine strives to publish at least two original articles dealing with cyberspace, the Internet, and online communities. Each issue contains book and site reviews.|
|The Chinese government has put 30-year-old Shanghai computer software businessman Lin Hai on trial for "inciting the overthrow of state power" by providing 30,000 e-mail addresses to a U.S. Internet magazine called "Big Reference" published by Chinese dissidents. Chinese authorities closed the four-hour trial for what it said were "national security" reasons, and "persuaded" one member of Lin's legal team not to attend the trial. Lin's wife Xu Hong, who was questioned by the police for six hours, has indicated that Lin's lawyer "said he didn't have a very good feeling -- that things won't be good for Lin and he will probably be found guilty." (Washington Post 5 Dec 98)|
Rio Salado College received
the North America Web Design Award for Best Educational Web Site in
Higher Education award. The selection committee used the following
eight criteria: |
|While in the process of finding turkey and pig sounds for this page, I came across numerous sound-related websites. I collected some of the more interesting links into an audio files resource webpage.|
|Officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, pulled the plug on library Internet connections Tuesday to avoid a federal judge's order that they ditch Net-filtering software installed on public computers. Article from Wired News.|
|A tech Goliath is born as AOL and Netscape conclude negotiations on a US$4.2 billion merger. The side deal with Sun concerning e-commerce and Java-based Net devices was the last hurdle. See Yahoo! News article for details.|
|A city commissioner in Florida has a last name that contains a reference to a part of the female anatomy. Thinking this reference would lure people to his website, he selected his domain accordingly. The domain name was "stolen" and visitors to his website ended up getting redirected to an adult page. His link has been fixed. Here are more details.|
|AOL and Netscape may merge with AOL taking over Netscape's Netcenter portal website. The deal will also include Sun Microsystems who will take over Netscape's business level "server software." Here is an article from ABCNews.com.|
|FSC Internet/SecureXpert Labs has found a new security problem in all popular Web browser programs. The problem enables the author of a nefarious Web site or email message to "spoof" information presented by another website. Demonstrations of this problem are provided at the secureXpert website.|
Darn... one of my favorite websites --
NewHoo! -- has been purchased by Netscape. NewHoo! is a search
and navigation tool that lets users seek information on the Web.
It differs from other Internet directories like Yahoo! Inc. and
Excite Inc. because it allows Internet users to volunteer as editors
to add new links to Web sites. (Interestingly, NewHoo! has five
On 18-Nov-98, Netscape's stock ( NSCP) went up 34% on news that AOL (America Online Line) may distribute Netscape's browser to better complete against Microsoft. AOL's contract to bundle Microsoft's Internet Explorer with its service expires Jan. 1. Microsoft is building a web presence that is in direct competition with AOL and this does make AOL happy.
|Tennessee, the first state to connect all its public schools to the Internet, also will be the first to centrally filter WWW content on school computers. See Free! The Freedom Forum Online for a detailed article.|
|With old email messages playing an important role in the charges and countercharges being leveled in the Microsoft antitrust case, organizations are busy reminding their employees to think before they type (and then always clean up after themselves). One example is the Amazon.com company, which created an event called "Sweep and Keep" to reward employees for purging email messages no longer required for business or legal reasons. This "documentation retention" policy [Orwell, where are you?] was followed by a "documentation creation" policy that said: "Quite simply put, there are some communications that should not be expressed in written form."|
|See the CSC MOTD about a hack done at the www.rootshell.com website.|
|Netscape Communications Corporation's release of Communicator 4.06 contains a new feature, Smart Browsing , controlled by a new icon labeled What's Related , a front-end to a service that will recommend sites that are related to the document the user is currently viewing. The implementation of this feature raises a number of potentially serious privacy concerns. Specifically, URLs that are visited while a user browses the web are reported back to a server at Netscape. The logs of this data, when used in conjunction with cookies, could be used to build extensive dossiers of individual web users, even including their names, addresses, and telephone numbers in some cases. Want to read more?|
|American crackers have defaced a Web site recently launched by China to provide the official view on the country's human rights record. See article from Wired News for a more complete discussion. I made a copy of the page installed by the hackers.|
|Two psychologists at New York University recently monitored participation in 12 Internet newsgroups over a 3-week period. They selected four groups that focus on mainstream interests (such as politics), four that concern "culturally undesirable but conspicuous conditions" (such as obesity), and four that focus on culturally "marginalized but concealable" behavior (homosexuality, illicit drug use, sexual bondage and sexual spanking). Judges who rated the messages posted found that online communities mattered the most to participants in the "marginalized but concealable" groups. Members of these groups posted far more frequently, often after receiving positive feedback, than did members of the other groups.  "This is the sort of work that needs to be done, examining different types of Internet users and different effects of computer use," says a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University. Many participants of the marginalized groups said that participation in the newsgroup had enabled them to reveal their secrets to friends or family members.|
Interested in law and computers? Without question this is definitely
going to be growth industry (what with the Interent and Y2K ahead of us).
An appeals court in Florida has ruled against a woman who sued America Online because one of its customers, a convicted sex offender, used an AOL chat group to try to sell the woman's 11-year-old son a pornographic video. The court said that federal law protects online services from being held liable for the messages transmitted by their members sell the videotape of the boy. The defeated lawsuit, which is being appealed to the Supreme Court, tried to characterize America Online as "a home shopping network for pedophiles and child pornographers."
I don't how much to trust this report because it doesn't include
the CSC185 website...
According to the Media Matrix market research company, here are the most-visited Web sites (and number of visitors shown in millions) for August, the last month tabulated: AOL, 57.8; Yahoo, 27.3; Microsoft, 26.4; Netscape, 18.7; GeoCities, 16.7; Excite, 14.9; Infoseek, 12.3; Lycos, 11.8; AltaVista, 9.6; MSN, 9.0.
|A New York man who pleaded guilty in an online child pornography case will be banned from using the Internet for five see years [ see article from Wired News]. My question: how is this sentence going to be enforced?|
|Recall, there are two ways to specify color in a HTML page: using hexadecimal codes and using color names. Here is a list of the color names.|
|The Web Standards Project @ http://www.webstandards.org is an effort to make browser companies adhere to the standards being presented by the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium). We need to create web pages that are "browser independent."|
NetAction @ http://www.netaction.org is
a national, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public,
policymakers, and the media about technology-based social and political
Currently, there is a push to make more extensive use of the .us top-level domain country code; however, many commercial entities aren't happy with this domain's naming convention.
In addition, while you are there, checkout their Consumer Choice in Web Browsers: One Year Later survey results.
The RFC that discusses the
A bug in the user interface of Hotmail,
Microsoft's free web email provider has left 22 million active users
vulnerable to a security breach. The so-called Trojan Horse lets malicious
passwords. In this altered interface, any command the user makes yields
a bogus Hotmail "time expired" message asking the user to reenter his or
her user name and password. |
|We have learned that when you a send an email you need to be careful because what you say may come back to haunt you (and this is because email is "archivable" [i.e. it can be saved]). In a bit of legal news, the Justice Department has subpoena'd Microsoft's email in an effort to prove that Microsoft's business practices are monopolistic and predatory.|
|A survey of 1,200 students at 100 colleges and universities nationwide, conducted by research firm Student Monitor LLC, shows that when asked what was "in" on campus, 72.5% of the respondents answered "the Internet," whereas only 70.8% named "drinking beer." Up until now, beer-drinking has held the top spot since the biannual surveys began in 1988.|
|Without even counting its CompuServe members or its membership beyond the U.S., the America Online membership figure now surpasses 13 million subscribers. Peak usage now is 750,000 users at a time (compared to 400,000 a year ago) and the current number of modems available is 800,000 (compared to 447,000 last year). Modem growth rate is 34% higher than the rate of membership increase.|
In the 03-Sep-98 issue of the
AZ Republic there was an article with
the following headline: "Lewd Phone Calls Follow Computer Chat". |
|In a nutshell, a 44-year-old man is suspect by police of repeatedly making lewd phone calls to a 13-year-old girl after meeting her in an America Online computer chat room for teenagers. Police are not sure how the man got the girl's phone number. The police were able to find the man by obtaining information he used to register as "DeadHD1".|
|Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 when he was a researcher at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, thinks the Web is still too complicated and inefficient: "Users desperately need it to be simple. You need to walk up to any screen and treat it the same way as any other screen." It's also not private enough, and not yet able to give people sufficient privacy guarantees that give them confidence in collaborating with others: "I initially thought the Web would be used for collaborative purposes. It isn't."|
[AP, 03-Sep-98, top]
|More than one-third of Americans over 16 use the Internet, an increase of more than 18 million people in nine months. The study estimates the largest increases are by Blacks and Native Americans and by young adults and women over 50. Here are some stats from the study.|
|A group calling itself the Web Standards Project, a collective effort of developers and end users, says its mission is to stop the fragmentation of the World Wide Web, by persuading the browser makers that common standards are in everyone's best interest. Coalition member Glenn Davis says, "Web development costs are 25% greater than necessary because of all the different work-arounds we've got to build for different browsers."|
|An article appearing in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior says that students between the ages of 18 and 22 are especially at risk for developing "Internet addiction," defined as "a psychological dependence on the Internet, regardless of type of activity once 'logged on.'" According to the article, administrators at Alfred University have noted a correlation between high Internet use and a high dropout rate among students, and a number of schools have set up support groups for Internet addiction. Meanwhile, the University of Washington is attempting to curb Internet overuse by limiting online time available to each student. Here's a picture.|
The National Medal of Technology was recently awarded to
Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, inventors of the TCP/IP protocol. |
From the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and "Edupage":
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